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1888 N172 Old Judge Wilbert Robinson
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,938
Graded FAIR 20 by SGC. 1888 N172 Old Judge example of Hall of Famer Wilbert Robinson (pose #388-4) dating from his playing days as catcher for the Philadelphia Athletics, before stardom as captain of the Baltimore Orioles teams of the 1890s and success as one of the great coaches and managers of the early twentieth century. Wilbert Robinson is among the rarest of all Old Judge Hall of Famers and has always been one of the key stumbling blocks to the assembly of a complete Old Judge Hall of Famer collection. In fact, Robinson is listed as the second rarest out of all twenty-seven Hall of Famers appearing in the set (trailing only Bid McPhee) by the recently published The Photographic Baseball Cards of Goodwin & Company (1886-1890 ), the definitive book on Old Judges by Jay Miller, Joe Gonsowski, and Richard Masson. This is a very attractive example of this important Hall of Famer rarity, with even corner wear and other very minor faults (a stain on the blank reverse, which, as is common with N172s, appears to be the result of removal from a scrapbook, is responsible for the harsh technical grade), and with a bright, crisp image. There are very few cards of Wilbert Robinson as a player, as his playing career spanned the years 1886 to 1902. This is an extremely attractive example of one of the most important cards in the N172 set, and one of only a few cards that vie for rookie-card status (the Kalamazoo Bats card of Robinson was issued in 1887) as one of Wilbert Robinson’s earliest cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,938
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